Seven local poets host a poetry reading to benefit a fellow author and Xavier alumnus

Joseph Enzweiler graduated in 1972 with a degree in physics and writes poetry in Alaska | August 20, 2009

The Friends of Joe Poetry Reading: A Joseph Enzweiler Recovery Fund Benefit is being held to raise funds for Enzweiler, a 1972 Xavier graduate who is recovering from treatment for a brain tumor. The public is invited to attend the reading scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Madisonville Arts Center, 5021 Whetsel Ave. A minimum donation of $15, $10 for students, is requested. Off-street parking is available and refreshments will be served.

Enzweiler, a Cincinnati native, is the author of Home Country (1986), Stonework of the Sky (1995), A Curb in Eden (1999/2003), The Man Who Ordered Perch and A Winter on Earth. He graduated with a degree in physics in 1972 and has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, since 1975. He was profiled in the latest Xavier magazine in a feature article titled “Northern Light.” His work has also been featured on NPR’s “Writer’s Almanac.”

Enzweiler was diagnosed with and treated for a brain tumor while visiting in the Cincinnati area in the spring. The reading is to raise funds to assist with expenses during his recovery. Donations can also be made by mail to Pauletta Hansel, 1266 Avon Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Checks should be made payable to Pauletta Hansel with “Enzweiler Fund” noted in the memo line. More information can be obtained by e-mailing or calling 513-967-4771. The event is co-sponsored by Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative and Ink Tank.

Readers at the benefit include:

Sally Dumont: Since graduating from Xavier in 1997, Dumont has worked as a booklover, bookseller and book buyer. She currently works for the Hamilton County Public Library and will return to school this fall to pursue a Masters in Library Science.

Richard Hague: Hague (Xavier BA, MA) was a recipient of the l982 Cincinnati Post-Corbett Award in Literary Arts. Alive in Hard Country (2004) was named the 2005 Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association. His recent performance piece, Where Drunk Men Go, was a Critic’s Choice in the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Pauletta Hansel: Hansel (Xavier MEd) is the author of two collections of poetry, Divining, published in 2002, and First Person (2007). Awards include a Post-Corbett Award in Literary Arts, the Ohio Poetry Day Association as Poet of the Year and Best Local Author by readers of CityBeat.

Michael Henson: Henson (Xavier BA) is a poet, novelist and musician. He is author of Crow Call and The Tao of Longing (both poetry) and of Ransack, a city novel, and A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind, short fiction of the Ohio River Valley, both published by West End Press. He recently served as musical backup to Richard Hague's Where Drunk Men Go in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Katie Dumont Merz: Merz (Xavier BA, MEd) serves as editorial director for Healthy Advice Networks creating in-office patient education materials. Formerly, she served as editor for Personal Journaling magazine and executive editor for Writer's Digest magazine.

Robert Murphy: Murphy is the author of a chapbook, Not For You Alone (2004), and Life In The Ordovician, selected poems (2007). A 2000 winner of the William Bronk Foundation prize for poetry, he is executive editor and publisher of Cincinnati-based Dos Madres Press.

Brian Volck: Volck is a pediatrician in Cincinnati. He is the co-author of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (2006). His writing has appeared in DoubleTake, IMAGE, America and The Christian Century. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University.